Scott Spencer is an American author who has written eleven novels.
Endless Love and A Ship Made of Paper have both been nominated for the National Book Award. Endless Love has sold over 2 million copies.
Interviewed in The New York Times, Spencer once said: "It may be time for serious, literary novelists to take back some of the subject matter we abandoned to hack novelists and the movies." Joyce Carol Oates, writing about A Ship Made of Paper in The New Yorker, said: "Like Cheever, Spencer has imagined for his... infatuated lover melodramatic crises that verge on the surreal; like John Updike, Spencer is a poet-celebrant of Eros, lyrically precise in his descriptions of lovers' fantasies, lovers' lovemaking, lovers' bodies..." The Wall Street Journal has said: "There are few novelists alive who use the English language as Scott Spencer does... Every ache of feeling, every failed effort at restraint, every attempt at self-deception is captured in precise, beautifully cadenced prose."
Two of Spencer's novels, Endless Love and Waking the Dead, have been adapted into films. The first was directed by Franco Zeffirelli in 1981; the second was produced by Jodie Foster and directed by Keith Gordon in 2000.